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Spicer was back on camera for his Tuesday briefing after a weeklong hiatus — and he had a lot of ground to cover. Top of the list? The Obamacare repeal plan that was released last night. A stack of copies of the new bill was positioned on a table next to the briefing podium, signaling that — as Tom Price noted — "the bill is on the table." Clever. Other takeaways:

  • Spicer's guest du jour: HHS Secretary Dr. Tom Price broke down the new Obamacare replacement plan, emphasizing that it's all "about patients and partnership." He also noted that patients will be able to return to their previous healthcare plans that were eliminated under Obamacare.
  • On calling it TrumpCare: Price: "Oh, I don't know... I'd rather call it PatientCare." Spicer: "I think we're less concerned with labels right now and more concerned with action and results."
  • Wiretapping: Spicer said the president "has not" asked the FBI director, James Comey, about the alleged tapping. When asked whether he believed Obama wiretapped the president, Spicer hit back, "I know that's a 'cute' question... but I'm not here to talk about myself."
  • Obamacare replacement: Spicer repeatedly stated, "The old plan was jammed down everybody's throats." He also reiterated (again and again) that the biggest difference is the size of the bill, "ours is a tenth of the size!"
  • On Trump claiming on Twitter that Obama released 122 Gitmo prisoners who returned to the battlefield, which is not correct (Bush released 113 of those 122): The president "meant to comment on the totality of releases... in that aspect, yes he was correct," said Spicer.

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  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 8 p.m. ET: 7,227,779 — Total deaths: 206,859 — Total recoveries: 2,840,688 — Total tests: 103,155,189Map.
  3. Education: School-aged children now make up 10% of all U.S COVID-19 cases.
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  6. Sports: Steelers-Titans NFL game delayed after coronavirus outbreak.

Over 73 million people watched the first debate on TV

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More than 73.1 million people watched the first presidential debate on television on Tuesday night, according to Nielsen ratings.

Why it matters: While that's a sizable audience for any American TV program, it's down more than 13% from the record number of TV viewers who tuned in for the first debate of the 2016 election. The chaotic nature of the debate and the overall uncertainty around this year's election may have pushed some viewers away.

Senate passes bill funding government through December

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The Senate on Tuesday passed legislation to fund the federal government through Dec. 11, by a vote of 84-10.

Where it stands: The legislation will avert a government shutdown before funding expires Wednesday night and before the Nov. 3 election. The House passed the same measure last week by a vote of 359-57 after House Democrats and the Trump administration agreed on the resolution.

  • Both sides agreed early in negotiations that the bill should be a "clean" continuing resolution — meaning each party would only make small changes to existing funding levels so the measure would pass through both chambers quickly, Axios' Alayna Treene reported last week. The bill now goes to President Trump for his signature.